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The Folding - A Method of Bilateral Development
(Based on the art of origami)
by Katrin and Yuri Shumakov

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The 'Folding-Method' we developed, allows development of psychomotor and cognitive abilities in children and adults based on various activities of the right and left hemispheres. The method is based on application of the art of origami.

Left hemisphere's
functions are made active

Right-hand control

Spoken language

Written language

Number skills


Scientific skills

Right hemisphere's
functions are made active

Left-hand control


3-D forms


Art awareness

Music awareness

Thus, the research carried out has shown, that the "Folding - Method" can be used as a means of

*activation of the right and left hemispheres;
*development of fine 'motor skills' of the hands;
*development of intelligence;
*activation of creative thinking;
*development of spatial imagination and visual accuracy.

The specially organized employment of origami will help the child to develop more fully, using mental resources, opportunity for the development of the right and left hemispheres.

Also, the "Folding - Method " can be applied in correctional and therapeutical purposes, as a means to increase psycho - emotional conditions, decrease uneasiness and optimization of the functional condition.

So, the "Folding - Method" of bilateral development combines in itself: a psychophysiological basis of activation of hemispheres while using an activity with the sensation of a game. It results in satisfaction from work, paints positive emotional experience, utilizes multimodal activation of mental abilities, and novelty.


The original article is:

Shumakova E.R.,  Shumakov Y.V.  Folding-method of bilateral development (based on the art of origami) // "Scientific conference of the post-graduate students and competitors". Publishing house of the Rostov State University, 1999, P. 36-37., in Russian.

(note Shumakova E.R. is Katrin Shumakov; Shumakov Y.V. - Yuri Shumakov)



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